Michael Campayno: A Wicked Time

If you haven’t seen Michael Campayno don Fiyero’s white pants in Wicked, you should get your tickets now. The sexy star is scheduled to end his yearlong run with the musical about the good side of the green lady of Oz at the end of next week. But we couldn’t let him go without asking a few final questions.

Beer or cocktail?
I’m a whiskey man.

Velvet or tweed?
I love the antiquated look—tweed.

Cash, credit card, or Venmo?
Venmo!

Sneakers or Chelsea boots?
Ah, come on, you know I love shoes. But the boots.

Wallet or card holder?
Card holder

Wet shave or electric?
Wet Shave

Traditional tux or white dinner jacket?
There is nothing sharper than a black tux.

Town car or taxi?
Town car

Denim or leather?
I’m a sucker for leather jackets…haven’t tried the leather pants…yet.

New York or Los Angeles?
I’m a suburban boy. I would have to say L.A.

Paris or London?
Waiting to find the love of my life to go with :)

Musical or play?
Play

Beyonce or Adele?
Adele

Favorite New York bar?
One of my favorite questions: On the Rocks.

Signature drink?
Makers on the rocks

Style motto?
“Do I know what product I’m selling? No. Do I know what I’m doing today? No. But I’m here, and I’m gonna give it my best shot. Hansel” – Zoolander.

Signature watch?
Shinola

Favorite New York restaurant?
Saggio. Every single Sunday growing up, my mom would make the best pasta sauce in the world—so you know my recommendation is valid.

Favorite thing to collect?
Poems. I’m not the best at putting my feelings into words, so when I find a good poem I make sure to hold onto it.

Best lesson you’ve learned from a mistake you’ve made?
I wouldn’t call it a mistake, but I’ve spent countless hours judging, overthinking, or anticipating my life instead of being present with it. I’ve recently made a commitment to myself to live a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear. It’s a constant practice.

The one thing you must achieve on a first date?
Dating is always fun, and I try not to have expectations. I love getting to know people. But I need great conversation and to connect with their sense of humor in order to plan a second date ;)

What would you tell your younger self at this moment in your life?
Little Michael, you little people-pleaser you, it’s not about making everyone else happy—it’s about making yourself happy. It’s not your job to make people understand you. Believe, trust, and embrace your true self, and people will see your light.

What movie changed your life?
Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. His magical realism style is so captivating to me, and I will always try to live life as passionately as his style of movies.

What book have you read more than once?
I keep a book called Consolations with me everywhere I go. It’s by a poet, David Whyte, and gives positive perspectives on different life events like heartbreak, friendship, etc. It’s a must have.

WORD ASSOCIATION ROUND

Casual Friday
The office

Boozy Sunday
East Village

Instagram
Purple

Street Style
90s hip-hop

Summer Fridays
Fort Tryon Park

Boozy Brunch
Pancakes

Sweatpants
Snow day

Uber
Someone puked on me once. I don’t want to talk about it…

Miami Beach
Neon lights

Style rules
Tuck that shirt in.

New York City
SNL